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Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals
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Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals

Iran President Hassan Rouhani's remarks come a day after Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign normalisation deals brokered by US Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would be responsible for any "consequences" resulting from their normalisation of relations with Tehran's archrival, Israel. Rouhani's remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE signed agreements establishing full diplomatic ties at a White House ceremony. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said Israel is "committing more crimes in Palestine every day". "Some of the region's countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor [their] debt ... to the nation ...
Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony
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Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony

On Tuesday, Israel signed historic agreements with two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Prior to the ceremony, which U.S. President Donald Trump presided over, the American leader offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “special token of affection,” which consisted of a “key to the White House and a key to our hearts.” Trump referred to Netanyahu as an “amazing leader.” “You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel,” responded Netanyahu, “because of all of the things you have done for the Jewish state.” Prior to the signing, Trump referred to “at least five or six additional countries” that “want to see peace [with Israel], they’re tired of fighting.” Trump was likely referring to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sudan and Morocco. There’s going to...
Israel Opposes Any F-35 Sale To UAE Despite Their Warming Ties
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Israel Opposes Any F-35 Sale To UAE Despite Their Warming Ties

Israel would oppose any U.S. F-35 warplane sales to the United Arab Emirates despite forging relations with the Gulf power, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, citing a need to maintain Israeli military superiority in the region. The statement followed a report in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the Trump administration planned a “giant” F-35 deal with the UAE as part of the Gulf country’s U.S.-brokered move last week to normalise ties with Israel. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and representatives of the UAE government did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Under understandings dating back decades, Washington has refrained from Middle East arms sales that could blunt Israel’s “qualitative military edge” (QME). This has applied to the F-35...
Netanyahu And Rival Gantz Clinch Israel Power-Sharing Deal
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Netanyahu And Rival Gantz Clinch Israel Power-Sharing Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist election rival Benny Gantz signed a deal on Monday to form a national emergency government, ending a year of unprecedented political deadlock. The power sharing agreement clinched after weeks of negotiations gave a clear end-date for the premiership of Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving leader, who has become for many the face of the nation. Netanyahu, who is under criminal indictment in three corruption cases, will remain prime minister for 18 months after which Gantz will replace him, according to the agreement signed by both men. Netanyahu’s trial on charges that include bribery, fraud and breach of trust is due to begin on May 24. He denies any wrongdoing. Over the past year the right-wing leader, in power for ...
Trump Unveils His Middle East Plan Amid Palestinian Rejections
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Trump Unveils His Middle East Plan Amid Palestinian Rejections

United States President Donald Trump unveiled his long-delayed Middle East plan on Tuesday - a proposal Palestinian leaders called a "conspiracy" that "will not pass". "Today, Israel has taken a giant step towards peace," Trump said as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood by his side. "My vision presents a win-win solution for both sides," he said, adding that Israeli leaders have said they will endorse the proposal. Before the proposal was announced, Palestinians called it dead on arrival, saying it was an attempt to "finish off" the Palestinian cause. Following Trump's announcement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "a thousand no's" to the plan. Netanyahu meanwhile said it was a "historic day" and thanked Trump for his proposal. He said if Palestinians...
Israel Will Not Join America In War Against Iran – Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israel Will Not Join America In War Against Iran – Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu has told his security cabinet that Israel should 'stay out of' any fallout sparked by the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. The Israeli Prime Minister told top ministers on Monday that since the general's assassination was carried out solely by the US, there is no reason to get involved. Iran has promised a 'crushing revenge' following the strike which killed Soleimani and other top Revolutionary Guards commanders last week, expected to ramp up on Tuesday when a three-day period of mourning ends. Benjamin Netanyahu has banned top ministers from talking to the press about Soleimani's death and told them Israel should 'stay out of it' Benjamin Netanyahu has banned top ministers from talking to the press about Soleimani's death and told them Israe...
Qasem Soleimani: Buhari Keeps Mum Over Assassination Of General, 72 Hours After
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Qasem Soleimani: Buhari Keeps Mum Over Assassination Of General, 72 Hours After

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to react to the killing of Iran's top military commander, Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, 72 hours after the incident which is rising tension between both countries. Nigeria and the United States have long been close allies. According to report, the United States is Nigeria's main trading partner and is its most important diplomatic partner. However, following the killing of Iran's top military commander, there is no yet official statement from President Buhari. Several world leaders have been reacting over the assassination of Gen. Soleimani. French President Emmanual Macron on Sunday assured US counterpart Donald Trump of “his complete solidarity” and urged Iran to avoid “military escalation that could aggravate instability in the region.” ...
Israel Praises Trump For Soleimani Killing, Places Military On High Alert
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Israel Praises Trump For Soleimani Killing, Places Military On High Alert

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered its military on high alert as he expressed strong support for President Trump on Friday, less than a day after the U.S. killed top Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport. Netanyahu called the U.S.’s recent attacks on Iran a “just struggle,” adding that President Trump should be praised for his actions, which likely thwarted future attacks on American citizens. “Just as Israel has the right of self-defense, the United States has exactly the same right,” he told reporters after returning from a recent trip to Greece. “Qassem Soleimani is responsible for the death of American citizens and many other innocent people. He was planning more such attacks," he said.
“You Lied!” – Jonathan Replies David Cameron Over Chibok Girls
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“You Lied!” – Jonathan Replies David Cameron Over Chibok Girls

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has replied Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron over his recent statement that Jonathan did not allow the UK to rescue Chibok Girls from Boko Haram. In a statement made available, Jonathan wrote; “I read the comments by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his new book, For the Record, in which he accused me and the Nigerian Government, which I headed, of corruption and rejecting the help of the British Government in rescuing the Chibok Girls, who were kidnapped on April 14, 2014.” “It is quite sad that Mr. Cameron would say this because nothing of such ever occurred. As President of Nigeria, I not only wrote letters to then Prime Minister David Cameron, I also wrote to the then US President, Barrack Obama, ...
US Reps Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib Barred From Visiting Israel
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US Reps Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib Barred From Visiting Israel

Israel announced Thursday it was barring the entry of two Democratic US congresswomen after Donald Trump encouraged the move, a remarkable step both by the US President and his ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to punish political opponents. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told CNN on Thursday of Israel's decision to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from entering the country. The announcement came shortly after Trump said Israel would be showing "great weakness" by allowing them to enter the country. "The plan of the two Congresswomen is only to damage Israel and to foment against Israel," Netanyahu said in a statement following the decision. The intervention by Trump into Israel's decision-making was extraordinary enough. B...
Israel Set To Deport Thousands Of Illegal African Migrants From The Country
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Israel Set To Deport Thousands Of Illegal African Migrants From The Country

The plan to forcibly deport thousands of illegal African migrants has been shelved by Israel, but is encouraging voluntary deportation. In a written response to the country’s Supreme Court, the government said forced removal of the migrants “is no longer on the agenda”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving a TV interview However, Israel’s immigration authorities are still seeking ways to deport migrants voluntarily, it said. The fate of Israel’s roughly 30,000 illegal African migrants has become a hugely contentious issue. The supreme court previously suspended a plan to expel the migrants – mostly from Eritrea and Sudan – unless they voluntarily accepted a cash lump sum and a plane ticket out of the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then cancelled a UN deal to resettl...
Israel Offers To Pay African Migrants To Leave Or Get Jailed
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Israel Offers To Pay African Migrants To Leave Or Get Jailed

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. Israel said on Wednesday that it would pay thousands of Africa migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March. Each migrant will be given up to $3,500 (about N1.2 million) to leave within the next 90 days. They will also be given the option of going to their home countries or third countries. If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April. A spokesperson for Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC that there were currently 38,000 “infiltrators” in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention faciliti...
Israel To Withdraw From UNESCO Before 2018
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Israel To Withdraw From UNESCO Before 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country will withdraw from the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Mr. Netanyahu had already announced in October that Israel would pull out of UNESCO following a decision by b to withdraw the U.S. from the agency for its alleged “anti-Israel bias.” A Foreign Ministry spokesman had said Saturday that a letter of withdrawal will be sent before the start of the new year. “Over the weekend I instructed the Foreign Ministry to withdraw from UNESCO,” Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting. “I think that this is necessary in light of the biased, unilateral and absurd attitude of the organization towards us and also in the background of the U.S. strong stance in the UN, which we welcome,” he continued. Israel has co...
Netanyahu Suspected Of Bribery And Fraud By Police
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Netanyahu Suspected Of Bribery And Fraud By Police

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, an Israeli police document says. Police have been questioning Netanyahu for months over the cases but have released few details. On Thursday, it released a gag order on reporting the details of talks that are underway to enlist a state witness. The document says the cases involving Netanyahu deal with "a suspicion of committing crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust". The Israeli daily Haaretz said Netanyahu's former chief of staff Ari Harow has reached an agreement with the prosecution to turn state witness in two corruption cases against Netanyahu that are being heard in court. The cases relate to gifts allegedly given to Netanyahu and his family by business figures and discuss...
Israeli Settlers Occupy Palestinian Home In Hebron
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Israeli Settlers Occupy Palestinian Home In Hebron

Around 100 Israeli settlers forcibly took over a Palestinian home in the Old City of Hebron, raising tensions in the city amid widespread anger over Israeli-imposed restrictions on entry to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The settlers raided the Abu Rajabs' family home, located in the southern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday. Activists caught the moment on video and circulated the footage on social media. Issa Amro, director of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, said the settlers began moving their furniture in on Thursday, "right in front of the [Israeli] police and the army". The Human Rights Defenders NGO posted a video on Facebook showing soldiers shoving and roughing up members of the Abu Rajab family as hundreds of settlers applauded. "[The Abu Ra...
Al Jazeera Slams Netanyahu Bid To Shut Jerusalem Office
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Al Jazeera Slams Netanyahu Bid To Shut Jerusalem Office

Al Jazeera has denounced a threat by the Israeli Prime Minister to close the network's Jerusalem office, saying it will continue to cover events in the Palestinian territories professionally and objectively. The Doha-based media network responded on Thursday, hours after the Israeli leader posted defamatory comments about the outlet's coverage to his Facebook page, saying Al Jazeera journalists "incite violence". Al Jazeera "denounces such arbitrary accusations and hostile statements", a press release from the network said. Netanyahu's comments mark "yet another episode of the ongoing vicious attack" against Al Jazeera, the statement read, referring to calls by a Saudi-led group boycotting Qatar to close the network. "Al Jazeera stresses that it would take all necessary legal m...
Muslim Leaders Tell Faithful To Return to Jerusalem Shrine
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Muslim Leaders Tell Faithful To Return to Jerusalem Shrine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound. Thousands of Palestinians had been praying in the streets outside the shrine to protest the security measures since the crisis began. "After extensive discussion and after achieving this victory in this round we call on our people in Jerusalem and inside (Israel) and anyone who can access the Al-Aqsa Mosque to enter ... en masse," the Islamic leaders declared in a statement. The head of the Supreme Islamic Committee, Ikrema Sabri, said the first prayers would be held there Thursday afternoon. Israel installed the new security mea...
Trump Envoy Heads To Israel For Holy Site Crisis Talks
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Trump Envoy Heads To Israel For Holy Site Crisis Talks

A top aide to US President Donald Trump was due in Israel Monday in a bid to ease tensions over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of deadly violence. Jason Greenblatt’s visit comes after more than a week of tensions over the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the site, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, following an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen. Palestinians view the move as Israel asserting further control over the site. They have refused to enter the compound in protest and have prayed in the streets outside. Israeli authorities say the metal detectors are needed beca...
Israel Reopens Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound
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Israel Reopens Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

Israeli authorities gradually reopened the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday following a two-day closure, as religious officials condemned new security measures put in place following a deadly gun battle. The ultra-sensitive compound was closed on Friday after three Palestinian citizens of Israel shot two Israeli officers dead in the Old City before fleeing to the al-Aqsa compound where they were killed by Israeli police. Palestinian worshippers on Sunday refused to enter the holy site for midday prayers after metal detectors and cameras were added to the compound's gates. Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound next to the Lions' Gate entry to the Old City. "We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government," Sheikh O...
Donald Trump Delays Moving US Embassy To Jerusalem
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Donald Trump Delays Moving US Embassy To Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump has signed a waiver to delay relocating the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, the White House says. The decision avoids a controversial step that would have complicated his efforts to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks. "[Trump] has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy," the White House said in a statement on Thursday. "The question is not if that move happens, but only when." The White House said Trump "made this decision to maximise the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians". Trump, who pledged during the 2016 presidential campaign to move the embassy, chose instead to continue his predecessors' policy of signing a six-month waiver overriding a 1995 law requiring th...
Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teen
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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teen

A 19-year-old Palestinian man was killed and five others wounded early on Sunday when Israeli forces stormed into Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, according to official sources. An army spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said that troops had entered the camp for unspecified "activities" and that some residents had turned violent and thrown pipe bombs at them, causing soldiers to react. "Responding to the threat, forces fired towards main instigators," she said. Two weeks ago, a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed after confrontations with Israeli soldiers in a West Bank village near Bethlehem.
Palestinians Warn Trump On Embassy
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Palestinians Warn Trump On Embassy

The Islamist Hamas movement has warned US President Donald Trump of the dangers of following through on his promise to move the US embassy to "occupied" Jerusalem. "The American administration is exceeding all red lines by moving its embassy," the group in charge of Gaza since 2007 said in a statement. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has also repeatedly warned that such a move would be viewed as an "aggression," has asked Jordan for help in opening a direct line of communication with the Trump White House, Israel Radio reported on Monday. White House speaker Sean Spicer said on Sunday that the US administration was "at the very beginning stages of even discussing" relocating the embassy, according to the Haaretz newspaper. Spicer's comment came shortly before a "...
Major Powers Warn Trump Over Embassy Move
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Major Powers Warn Trump Over Embassy Move

France has warned President-elect Donald Trump that his plan to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem could derail peace efforts in the Middle East. Representatives from more than 70 countries and organisations have gathered in Paris for talks, with major powers also indicating to Trump that a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only soultion. Amongst those assembled in the French capital are key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council, in a meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected as "futile". Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will be represented. But, just five days before Trump is sworn in, the conference provides a platform for countries to send a strong signal to the incoming Am...
Countries Seek Two-State Solution In Paris
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Countries Seek Two-State Solution In Paris

Representatives from more than 70 countries and organisations gathered in Paris are expected to throw their weight behind a two-state solution in the Middle East and echo UN condemnation of Israeli settlements. A draft declaration seen by DPA and expected to be released at the conclusion of the conference on Sunday calls for a "negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security". The timing of the talks is highly symbolic, coming just five days before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as US president. Some members of the US Republican party have slammed the UN over a Security Council resolution adopted in late December condemning the settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blasted the talks and refused ...